Brighton vs Sheffield Wednesday
English League Championship
Date: Friday, 20th January, 2016
Kick off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Falmer Stadium, Brighton.
Brighton and Hove Albion were cruising in the Championship until they were beaten by Preston 2-0 last weekend. This is only third league defeat of the season, with the previous one coming at the beginning of September. The long streak of 19 match unbeaten run has now come to an end at Preston. And it was incredible while it lasted as it contained 15 wins and 4 draws. Brighton are second in the league trailing Newcastle by a point, but they have a game in hand.
Sheffield Wednesday will be eyeing for a place in the play-offs after missing out by a narrow margin last season. They are currently 6th in the league table and have a 5 point cushion over the 7th placed Derby. Unlike Brighton, the Owls cannot boast on long streaks, but they are a smart enough side to pick points from most of their games. They are coming on the back of a 6 match unbeaten run with 4 wins and 2 draws. Most importantly, there are 5 clean sheets to their name during the period. However, they have managed to win just twice from their last 7 away games in the league; drew 3 and lost 2.
Brighton vs Sheffield Wednesday: Head-to-head stats
The reverse leg of the current campaign was a 2-1 win for Brighton. Sam Baldock and Anthony Knockaert scored in either halves to put Brighton 2-0 up before Gary Hopper cut short the deficit with an injury time goal. The win was Brighton’s first against Sheffield since 2012, breaking the unbeaten run of 9 matches.
In the meetings at Falmer Stadium, Sheffield are unbeaten in the last four with a win and 3 draws. The meetings between these two at this stadium had normally recorded a low turnaround of goals. Only one of the last 9 has seen over 2 goals.
Brighton vs Sheffield Wednesday: Prediction
It is extremely hard to separate the two teams as both are in some excellent form. Brighton are a more than capable team in both home and away matches, while Sheffield are effective in edging out points in their travels.
There are 4 draws in the last 6 meetings between them, with three of them being goal-less. Combined this with the form analysis and scoring records, we believe the teams will cancel out each other at the end of 90 minutes. However, there will be goals this time and the most likely score-line we could witness is 1-1.
Brighton vs Sheffield Wednesday: Bet Tips
Draw at Full-Time at the odds of 3.40 (12/5)
Correct FT Score: 1-1 at 7.00 (6/1).